Are You Gambling With Gum Disease? Part 4

Well, hello, again!  I am so happy to have you come back to get more information on this vital topic.  As you may recall, this article series has been covering some issues that many of us don’t normally think about as well as covering some interesting information about how the gums are under constant attack by everything we eat and drink.   We have been talking about how untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth decay and loss as well as bone loss and other deterioration of our oral tissues.  Previously, we talked about how this deterioration occurs and some of the signs that you will notice when the conditions get bad enough.  Last week, we talked about a couple of factors that can influence your risk of developing periodontal disease.  This week, we will continue to discuss more of these factors that can have you gambling with gum disease.

Are you under emotional stress?

There have been a number of studies done over the past few decades that have looked at the effect of emotional stress on the human body.  What they found was that emotional stress definitely affects your immune system.  Since your immune system controls the way your body deals with infections, emotional stress can cause your immune system to have more difficulty doing what it does best to fight infections, including those that cause periodontal disease.

Do you clench or grind your teeth?

This is another factor in the vane of gambling with gum disease.  When you clench or grind your teeth, you are putting abnormal pressure on the oral tissues from the force created from the clenching and grinding.  This extra pressure results in weakness in the structures that support your teeth and, potentially, it can speed up the progression of periodontal disease and any associated damage caused by it.

Do you know the side affects of the medication you take for your general health?

This is an area that many people do not necessarily associate with gum disease.  While it isn’t upper-most on your mind when you consider your oral health, you certainly should be aware that there exists quite an array of medications that can affect your oral tissues.  Specifically some antihistamines, antidepressants, oral contraceptives and certain heart medications fall into this category.  They have the ability to cause dry mouth and other conditions that can degrade your oral tissues to the point where periodontal disease development can be exacerbated.

How is your nutrition and your weight?

Surely you knew this one was going to come up, right?  Good nutrition is oh so important so that your body and each cell and system can function the way the Creator intended.  Poor nutrition can slow down the normal processes of the immune system.  This will make it more challenging for your body to fight off those nasty infections referred to above.  Additionally, studies have been done that address obesity and this also has been added to the risks associated with development of gum disease.

Your Periodontist on Long Island can help you identify gum disease in any member of your family.  Establishing and / or maintaining a routine checkup regimen will go a long way toward protecting you and your family against development of periodontal disease and, if it already exists, then appropriate treatment can be initiated to protect those vital oral tissues.  Call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or pay him a visit at and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.



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